More photos from recent game night. Matt brought a friend, so we used our simple Cleared To Engage home-brew rules and kept the mission a straight-up brawl: two teams recovery teams battling through urban ruins for a crashed VTOL’s black box.
Heresy troopers and an old VOID grav bike formed the NorAm team while MERCS KemVar (and another I-Kore grav-bike) acted as a hostile rapid reaction force. The NorAm crew advanced strong and seized the objective. The stunningly poor KV dice rolls made the evening humorous, and more important, the newcomer had fun. He said he’ll be back, so it’s worth the humiliation.
Here’s some shots taken the morning after. And a couple of a Hansa Nairobi model from Warlord Games’ “Gates of Antares” range. Have two of those models now. This one will be leading a squad of Concord soldiers to make a generic skirmish force.
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Picked up a Khurasan Miniatures Polecat Armored Utility Vehicle for my Black Friar private security team. Gorgeous little vehicle, zero bubbles, flash, mold lines. All I did was swap out the turret for something a little more low-profile and it’s ready to roll. Figs by Hasslefree, drone by RAFM. (with slight mods) A few more HF Moderns troopers and a walker-type heavy vehicle perhaps and this Skirmish Set is complete. Another Bat Rep on the way. Click for larger images.
Next and final segment on Puppet Wars 28mm resin troopers. (Scroll down for Pt 1) Sorry no WIP shots for my usual fast and dirty brushwork. Simple prime, drybrush, details, inks, more details, bases, then seal. Good for table top standard. WW2 is next on the game schedule, but I’ll break out the Interior Boards soon and run these guys through their paces.
As you can see, the figs are slimmer than usual sci fi infantry, on par with much of the Infinity range. Hope the comparison shots help.
Concentrating on the new Puppet Wars figs, all I’ve managed to finish are a pair of Support Drones for my RusEnergia crew (modified Mercs USCR) and a metal Capt Brother Stern to add to my small metal space marine collection. (An old metal Dreadnought just arrived in the mail, so that’s in the queue)
So I’m getting a little jealous of the camera on my buddy’s phone. And I lost this time, which rubs salt in the wound. It’s kinda pissing me off.
OK, got that out of the way.
Any recommendations on a decent digital camera for minis?
All our recent games have been straight up brawls, what with my friend wrapping his head around game mechanics and familiarizing with his Haqq force. So there’s not much narrative for a Bat-Rep. Unless you count, “Advance to contact, then slug it out.” He won this game using his rocket launcher specialist to pop in and destroy the Comms relay station.
One of the things the Infinity rules got correct IMO, was the proliferation of drones and remote-controlled units down on the tactical/skirmish level. I look for some form of drone support for all my 28mm sci fi skirmish teams now. I think the aesthetic worked for the jungle ninjas of Kem Var here.
MERCS have released 7th members for their various factions. Picked up the KW assassin off eBay the other week.
Black Friar Security with lightly armed recon drone.
My proxy Yellow Jackets CCC MERCS team. Used Heresy Miniatures Sci Fi troopers. Great service, great product, great guy. (I need a few more Trenchcoat Gangers to finish off my set)
Made an Eshu International skirmish crew using USCR MERCS figs for the Triplets, various Infinity figs for Poet9, Jace and Tam, and added in a DP9 drone for Poet9.
Not a GW fan but nostalgia demands a set of METAL Space Marines. Here they are in all their power-armor, purity seal, skull-laden glory. I’m stalking eBay for a few more to round out the collection.